This week Amy Hillis of Ohio, USA asks our World Moms Blog writers,

“What song reminds you of your child or children?”

Here’s what they had to say…

Veronica Samuels of New Jersey, USA says:

“‘California Gurls’ by Katy Perry. My daughter likes it because it says the word ‘popsicle’, so when it comes on the radio, it reminds me of her.

On a more child-appropriate note, ‘Jingle Bells’, also reminds me of her and not just because it’s Christmas time — she’s been requesting it every night since LAST Christmas before she goes to bed! (and I’ve been singing it…)”

Kirsten Jessiman of Toronto, Canada writes:

“‘Come With Me’ by Phil Collins. I do my autism fundraising runs for my boys – the one with autism, and the sibling who has to live with it – and this song is great inspiration for when the running gets tough. It’s a perfect reflection of how I would do anything for my kids.”

Eva Fannon of Washington, USA explains:

“‘George Washington’ by The Hollow Trees on their Welcome to Nelsonville CD. Instead of saying ‘hell’, they say ‘hallelujah’ – it’s clever and funny. My oldest daughter LOVES hearing it over and over again when we’re driving in the car.”

A. Roselyn of California, USA states:

“The Dora the Explorer theme song makes me think of both my girls, and I am always surprised by the places we here it!”

Courtney Cappallo of Massachusetts, USA says:

“During the holiday season both of my girls absolutely love Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’ It’s been on heavy rotation in our house since Thanksgiving.

‘On my Way’ by Phil Collins makes me think of my girls. And anything by Raffi… he is HUGE in our house!”

Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA states:

“Music is such a big part of our life and there are many songs that remind me of my children. I’ll try to make it brief (Ha! Ha!). My son loves Bob Dylan’s, ‘A Hard Rain’s A-gonna Fall.’ He will ask for it in the car and knows which CD # and song # is it. I think part of his love for it has to do with the first 2 lines, ‘Oh where have you been, my blue-eyed son? Oh where have you been, my darling young one?’

My daughter loves and asks for ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley. We all rock out in the car to Bob and sing that one and ‘Get up, Stand up.’ There’s something I love when I hear my kids singing, ‘get up, stand up, stand up for your rights’, that makes me smile.

When my son was little I used to always rock him to sleep while listening to ‘Old Paint’ by Linda Ronstadt. That was my first record when I was little, and I always loved it. I never remembered that song though, but when I heard that album as an adult, that song just spoke to me. She sings it so beautifully, and it always lulled my son to sleep.

One more for my daughter…Miley Cyrus’ song, ‘Party in the USA.’ I spent New Years with my sister last year, which was when she put on a mini-NYE celebration for the kids. My daughter heard and LOVED that song from that day forward. Anytime she has my MP3 on, whether on bikes, in the car, a waiting room, etc., she throws her hands in the air, and sings. It is just too cute & the only reason I put that song on my MP3 to begin with!!!”

Margie Bryant of Akansas, USA writes:

“The song that gets me every time is ‘What Brothers Do’ by Confederate Railroad. Some of the lyrics are:

He said: Hi, my name is Timmy and I’m pushin’ five years old.
I can count to this many, then I’ll have to use my toes.
I sure am glad to meet you,
Let me show you stuff that only big boys know.

Now, nickels might be bigger but dimes are worth the most.
Santa’s always in the mall, but he lives at the North Pole.
Kid stick with me and you’ll go far,
Cause I’ll show you the ropes.

In all these years I’ve learned many things,
How to walk, how to talk, and make-believe:
So follow me.
Notebook paper makes a dandy stealth fighter,
And for fast get aways, we’ll take my radio flyer.
And there’s Indians in the woods,
Just off the porch out back.
And if they attack, I’ll help ya fight ’em.
With sticks for guns, me and you, until we’ve won,
Cause that’s what brothers do.

I love this song so much because when I was pregnant with Caleb, Isaiah was five years old and so excited about having a baby brother. I believe this song speaks to the amazing wonder of exploration that comes with having boys.

Galit Breen of Minnesota, USA writes:

“Hmm…Love this question! Brown Eyed Girl for my girls because I love the song, you can wiggle to it big time and seriously? Those girls have some G O R G E O U S brown eyes! :)

And, as for my whole crew (Sad! Nothing for Brody on his own!) ‘Sweet Caroline.’ They can ALL sing Every. Single. Word and we all sing it at un-Godly loudness in the car. Really, truly GOOD stuff!”

Tara Bergman of Washington, USA states:

“I always sang The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ to my 1st son when rocking him as a baby, so that song has special meaning for both of us.

With my second son, I wanted to pick a different song, but one I enjoyed and settled on was Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds.’

The tear jerker song for me is Abba’s ‘Slipping through My Fingers.’ Even though it’s about a mother and daughter, I can’t help crying every time I hear it. It so aptly describes how quickly time flies and your kids grow up. I am tearing up as I type this just thinking of it! :)

And, Amy Hillis of Ohio, USA says:

“We LOVE music around here, and we listen to a very eclectic mix.

I used to sing ‘You are my Sunshine’ to Veronica when she was a baby – she’s 20 & I still think of her when I hear it.

Tom’s song is ‘Christmas is Coming’ – he used to sing it when he was little and it’s sort of an off-beat little carol, so I used to get a kick out of hearing him sing it.

Jacob is going to be our musician – he sings every song that comes on – from country to rock, new stuff – to classic – he knows them all, but when it comes to ‘his’ song – it’s the ‘Rainbow Connection’. I still sing it to him, especially if he’s having trouble sleeping.

Jonathan’s song is a little quirky like Tom’s. It’s called ‘Cabin in the Woods.’ During one of our hospital visits, we were watching an old Sesame Street video that had that song – and I had to learn the words so I could sing it to him. It’s the song he always asks for.

Zachary walks around singing ‘Joy, Joy, Joy down in my Heart’. Grandma taught it to him, and it he knows every word. (He just turned 3.)

And then there’s David – We’ve been in this hospital room for 4 months, listening to everything my iPod has to offer! I think the ‘Kookaburra’ song stands out for him. I found an instrumental lullaby version that he seems to respond to.”

What song reminds you of your child? Continue the great “play list” in the comments section below!

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We’re off on Saturdays and will post next week’s “travel itinerary” on Sunday!  See you then!

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